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How green is your end of life option?

Leah Woodnott
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I recently read an article by the National Geographic which outlined the environmental toll on the different types of funeral options – burial, cremation and burial at sea etc. Cremations are on the rise due to baby boomers and the ever-adapting end...

Green energy, not all hot air!

David Rayner
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There have been conflicting stories in the news over the past week, with concerns being expressed at the percentage of our power bills that goes towards ‘green’ or renewable energy supplies. The positive story has been the news that Greg Clark,...

Preferred route for new Lower Thames Crossing announced.

David Rayner
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On 12 April the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, announced the long-awaited decision on the preferred route for the new Lower Thames Crossing, saying that it could create more than 6,000 jobs and boost the economy by more than £8 billion. The new...

2016 Legal 500 results are out!

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"A standout name in Essex" quoted by Legal 500 2016 for Birkett Long! This year has been a great success for Birkett Long, 3 of our partners have again been ranked as "Leading Individuals". These are Claire Read, Head of Wills, Trusts...

Keeping the lights on!

David Rayner
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With the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain being remembered, come recollections of the words of one of Dame Vera Lynn’s songs, ‘When the lights go on again...‘ so it is perhaps ironic that warnings are now being issued that, in...

Renewables boost for the region

David Rayner
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With work beginning this week on the new Galloper offshore wind farm, the region is showing it can be at the forefront of renewables technology, says David Rayner, Partner and Head of the Environment and Energy Group at Birkett Long. Galloper had been...

Boom or bust

David Rayner
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The announcement today by EDF that the start of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, has been delayed, and that it will not now start generating electricity in 2023 as planned, will cause dismay to many and cautious optimism to...

Fracking hell - or heaven?

David Rayner
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In a bid to boost the flagging fracking industry, Greg Clark, the Communities Secretary, and Amber Rudd, the Energy Secretary, are considering their new powers to call in any application for shale gas exploration as soon as it is submitted to a local...

Are solar subsidies too hot to handle?

David Rayner
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Energy Secretary, Amber Rudd, has announced that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is consulting on plans that would see subsidies for solar farms of 5MW, and below, close by 1 April 2016. This sector has seen very strong growth in recent...

Powering up GB PLC

David Rayner
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With the recent announcement from Amber Rudd, Energy Secretary, that ‘there is a very good prospect’ of decision to build Britain’s first new nuclear reactor being taken this year, can we expect benefits to come to Essex ? Ms Rudd has told...

Get your motor running and head out on the Essex highway

David Rayner
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With the government having announced in the budget that it was pumping billions of pounds into transport infrastructure, what can we in Essex expect to see coming forward in the future? We already know that plans are in place - and money provided – for...

One small step for man; one giant leap for planet Earth

David Rayner
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It looks as though green energy is back in the news after reading this article earlier today http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/ science-environment-32967386 In a report launched at the Royal Society in London, a group of scientists and economists is calling for...

The battle for businesses to go green continues...

David Rayner
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32740359 I read the above article today and it seems to me that as the head of Unilever calls on world leaders to raise their game in the battle against climate change, there continue to be those who remain environmental...

A tale of energy efficiency and the cabinet reshuffle

David Rayner
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Energy looks likely to be a key battleground between the major political parties in the run up to next year’s election. Ed Miliband has pledged to freeze energy prices, whilst David Cameron has indicated he would cut green levies to save consumers up...

What links Willie Nelson, natural gas and the law?

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In a recent interview, Willie Nelson condemned the controversial practice of fracking as ‘bad for the land, bad for the farmers and bad for the soil’. Just in case there was any doubt as to his position, he went on to denounce it as ‘an all...